What to Know When Working With a Container Modification Company
If you need to purchase or rent a shipping container for a business or personal project, you will need to find a shipping container modification provider that can help you customize your unit. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. All it takes is some preparation and a partnership with a reputable container modification company.
Most shipping container providers (the ones who sell you the units) will also help you customize them as well. Here’s what a container modification company will do for you:
1. They’ll Work With Your Ideas
Everyone’s ideas are different. No two projects are the same. You want a company that will be receptive to your ideas and then help you implement them. After all, this is your business and your idea! Whether you want to open a pop-up shop or you want a mobile office, make sure the company you choose is flexible and creative.
2. They Want to See Your Designs on Paper
As you think of them, scratch out some sketches on paper. This will be something you can bring to the modification team so they have a better idea of what you’re talking about. Even better: bring them blueprints, construction plans, drawings, and diagrams for an even more detailed look at the scope.
3. They Can Help You Flesh Out the Main Purpose of Your Shipping Container
Before you meet with the design team, make sure you have a full understanding of what the main purpose of your container will be. Is it temporary or permanent? Do you want to rent or buy? Do you need more than one unit? Will this be for a long-term project such as a container home or office? Will you be using it for business or personal reasons? Will you be working out of it or do you plan to sell food out of it?
4. They Can Help With Modifications
Shipping container modification companies have the resources for installing additions like skylights, windows, doors, shelving, and HVAC systems. Discuss all modifications as early as the conceptual stage. Let them know if you need modifications for an insulated or refrigerated container, as these types of units tend to lose their insulation once reconstruction has been done on the interior walls.
5. They’ll Help You Stick to a Budget
Know your budget going in. Communicate that budget to your container company so they can determine how best to distribute funds throughout the project. Setting and sticking to a budget will help prevent overspending. But keep in mind, unexpected expenses often come up during the construction phase, so it’s wise to set aside an emergency fund in case this happens.
6. They Adhere to Building Codes and Permits
If your project requires permission from the city or town, you need to obtain a building code or permit. Your container modification company cannot start work unless you have secured this permission. To make sure your project progresses on schedule, provide them with a permit so they can adhere to it. Find out if your city has specific rules regarding container structures.
7. They Manufacture Each Container to Order
Most container companies mass produce 20-foot and 40-foot containers, but if you need something smaller or larger, discuss the design and size dimensions with the team. Be sure to review the sizes of each container as well as the total amount of containers before the manufacturing phase begins. Once actual work starts, it will be difficult or impossible to change the order.
8. They Will Safely Ship Your Container
Once complete, trucks drivers will load the customized container on a flatbed and drop it off at your desired location. Prepare the space around the site so that it is level, secure and free of obstacles.
9. They Will Work With You Through All Stages
When you work side by side with a shipping modification company, it truly becomes a collaboration between two partners. From the first phone call through design, manufacturing and delivery, your company should be in touch with you every step of the way to ensure you are completely satisfied. They will also make sure the shipping process goes seamlessly and make sure the deliverable is up to your specifications. Finally, timely delivery of your unit will complete the process.
Contact Transocean Equipment Management
If you would like to work with a reputable shipping container modification company in North Carolina and surrounding states, contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote.